You may have heard about this already. In case you haven’t, though, here is another reason why, in the vernacular, “DRM sucks”.

On January 28th, all PC versions of Gears of War stopped working. Yep, all of them. For whatever inane reason, the game had a digital certificate with an expiration date. Why would a game have an expiration date?

This had nothing to do with install limits or similar nonsense. Those mechanisms are bad enough. What we have here is the sheer idiocy of turning off a game after a certain period of time. Legit copies, not demos.

Epic is “working with Microsoft” to come up with a patch or fix or whatever. In the meantime, the workaround for affected players is simple but irritating: reset the system clock to before the cutoff.

DRM stupidity never ends. And it’s always the customers who are screwed over. It’s almost enough to make you give up gaming.

Gears Of War DRM Shutdown at arstechnica